Taqa’s pre-tax profits were cut in half in the first quarter of 2018 as earnings from the firm’s oil and gas business dwindled.
The Abu-Dhabi government-controlled energy firm recorded pre-tax profits of £89million in the first quarter, down from £185million a year earlier.
Pre-tax profits for Taqa’s oil and gas business plunged 93.5% year-on-year to £9.8million.
Net income for the group climbed 42% to £22million and revenues rose 5% to £870million.
The company attributed the drop in oil and gas profits to several factors, including adverse stock movements, higher operating and tariff expenses, and foreign exchange fluctuations.
Natural decline and North Sea platform maintenance led to a 6% drop in production to 123,800 barrels per day.
Taqa’s UK portfolio consists of operated interests in the Harding, Morrone, Tern, Kestrel, Eider, North Cormorant, South Cormorant, Falcon, Cladhan, Devenick, Cormorant East, Otter and Pelican fields. It also has non-operated interests in the Maclure, Brae, East Brae and Braemar fields.
Taqa Europe managing director Donald Taylor said the firm’s UK business had performed strongly, with production remaining ahead of plan.
Mr Taylor said: “We have maintained significant investment spend on facilities and infrastructure in Q1, along with a firm focus on operational cost control, enabling our business to continue to benefit from higher oil prices.
“The Paragon MSS1 drilling unit came on hire to Taqa in March, initially undertaking plug and abandonment scopes at the Pelican field, followed by development well activity.
“Additionally, platform plug and abandonment activity at Eider continues to be executed safely, on budget and with increasing efficiency.”